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30 Jan 2019
  • While I'm busy clearing out and preparing to sell my parents' property, you may receive automated replies to some emails. To make matters worse, there have been problems with email to addresses at If you get an 'Undeliverable' error message, please forward it to whatever main and alternative addresses are shown on at that time. The address may include numbers, so type it carefully. For security, and to reduce spam, my Web site shows email addresses as images, not clickable links.

  • 29 Jan: Added more names of Neglected Children. The new additions are from Queensland and Victoria, but the list as a whole includes children from other States too.

  • 29 Jan: Added more names to the Interim Index (miscellaneous sources).

  • 28 Jan: Added 1,500 names to the Illegitimate Index (from original records, other than a birth certificate, that name the father of an illegitimate child). The mothers were in all Australian States, and a few were overseas (NZ, UK etc). Before you check the list of names, read the explanations at the top of the page and under 'Copying Service'.

  • 21 Jan: Added more names to the Insanity and Unsound Mind, which now has over 19,000 names from 54 series of records. I also added new options to the Research/Copying or Source Reference service.

  • If you previously received emails from ChangeDetection (now defunct) when my Web pages changed, try VisualPing to see whether it suits you:

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21 Nov 2018
  • I've completed my 'in progress' indexes for mental asylum patients, and I've also indexed several additional sources. One source that I'd previously overlooked has (for about 1,000 people) details of the circumstances leading up to admission to a mental asylum (information that is often difficult to find). All of my existing 'insanity' indexes, plus 10,000 new entries, have been combined to create one huge index. The list (a total of 19,000 names extracted from 53 series of records) is on my Web site as Insanity and Unsound Mind. Please read my explanatory notes very carefully. You may also be interested in the reasons for this change.
20 Oct 2018
  • Genealogy mini-guides:  I now have three mini-guides available, and two of them have recently been updated.

  • If you use Facebook and want to see my posts about family history, you now need to Like/Follow my Judy Webster Genealogy page (not my personal profile).

  • Please note that for my free family history class at Redcliffe ('Not Just the Patient: How Hospital and Asylum Records Tell the Story of a Family'), bookings are essential. The last time I gave that presentation, many people missed out because they didn't book early.

  • If (like me) you're unhappy about proposed changes to Australian marriage certificates (the removal of father's name, mother's maiden name, usual occupation and usual place of residence), please email the authorities by Sunday 28 Oct 2018, as explained in my latest edition of UpdatesGenie (opens in a new window).

  • As I gradually wind down towards retirement, I need to decide which indexes and services to continue next year, and which to abandon. Your feedback will definitely influence my decision. From the list of indexing projects, click the links to see more details; then email your vote to Image of email address (email address shown as an image).

Jan 2018
  • Mental asylum records: added names of over 400 patients, including many with surnames beginning with T, U and V. People were often in an asylum for just a few days, and you may not know about it. These historical records are great for demolishing 'brick walls' in family history research. They often have superb information about patients' relatives, so look for all names in your family tree (not just direct ancestors).

  • Muttaburra Hospital admission registers: added patients' names from late 1928 and early 1929 (which are not in the index that I published in book form).

  • Files about repayment of fares: added several names. Many applicants were travelling from one Australian State to another, but some were going to or from New Zealand, Canada, Britain, India etc. If you're researching someone who 'disappeared', these files may provide the clue you need.

  • DNA tests for genealogy: updated and expanded the links and advice.

  • For a common name with multiple index entries, you want to exclude any that cannot be for your person with that name (eg, because they are too early or too late). For most of my indexes to historical records, I offer a service whereby you can check the approximate date and/or obtain the full source reference so you can do the research yourself. Look for these options under 'Copying Service' near the bottom of Web pages with lists of names. Start at the page describing historical documents that I've indexed.
8 Oct 2017
  • New page with names of neglected children. I also included a few orphans for whom there is information in sources other than orphanage records. Note that many children were sent to an orphanage when at least one parent was still alive.

  • New page about mental asylum records (Public Curator insanity files). It adds names of 850 patients with surnames beginning with 'S'.

  • You are welcome to download (free) my customised Family Group Sheet, which includes features that most group sheets don't have. Whatever filing system you use, I strongly advise you to write all birth, marriage and death information (and other basic details) on Family Group Sheets and refer to them when you're doing Internet searches or visiting libraries or archives. The download link is on Genealogy Discounts and Freebies.

  • Goodna mental asylum case books: more names added. Case books (which begin in 1860) have details that are not in insanity files.

  • More names were added to Photos and Sketches of People (found in various archival record series in which photos are accompanied by biographical or historical details).

  • Interim Index: more names added, including children and teenagers. Some were witnesses at magisterial enquiries (and their depositions are available). Others were victims of crime.

  • Prison records: more names added, and 2 links added to 'Other Suggestions' near the end of the page.
13 August 2017
  • Nine hundred (900) names added to the page about illegitimate children whose father is identified in a historical document in a record office or library. Use the 'Receive email' button on that page to be notified when more names are added. See also 'Interim Index' below.

  • Interim Index: 200 names added. They almost certainly include some mothers of illegitimate children, but because the document does not use the word 'illegitimate', I've put them in the Interim Index, not the Illegitimate Index.

  • Maintenance payments to deserted wives and children:  page has been updated with over 880 names.

  • Mental asylum records: I corrected an entry (name is actually 'Joseph Wilson HENRY').

  • New articles added to Queensland Genealogy and Genealogy Leftovers (links open in a new window).
July 2017

May 2017
  • I've added 155 names to my list of patients with entries in mental asylum case books. Case books (which begin in 1860) include many details that are not in insanity files.
April 2017
  • Prize Draws & Competitions: This new page (launched today) gives you the chance to win a fabulous genealogy prize valued at $114.50. Entries close 26 Apr 2017, so be quick!
March 2017
  • Missing Friends index: 200 names added. The original records provide superb details for family history.

  • Genealogy Discounts & Freebies has been updated several times, including 29th March. You may have missed some short-term offers, so check your ChangeDetection settings. For that page ( set the frequency to 'daily' so you won't miss a notification if a second offer is added within a week.

  • Old Age Pension records: changes to the copying service.

  • Updates Genie: two new editions (March 16th & 20th) with family history news, tips and links from around the world.

January 2017 25 July 2016
  • Names added to the Interim Index include some from Court records for young women (under 21 years of age) who applied for permission to marry but later changed their mind.

  • I am updating my client records. If I have done research for you, or if you are/were on my mailing list, I invite you to contact me to confirm your preferred/alternative email addresses. Use this address (shown as an image): Image of email address. I also invite expressions of interest in a new edition of my book Tips for Queensland Research.
16 Jun 2016
  • Birth indexes up to 1919 (not just mid-1916) for Queensland are now online (the article opens in a new window).

  • The page Privacy, Copyright and Sharing: Tips for Genealogy has been updated with (1) a link to The Legal Genealogist's article 'Blurring the Lines', and (2) the National Genealogical Society's new guidelines for sharing information with others.
25 May 2016
  • For many of the historical records that I've indexed (see, I've reduced my fees for supplying copies of the original documents. I've also changed the wording in the 'Copying Service' section on some pages to make it easier to see how to order copies.
December 2015
  • More names added from my index to headstones on graves in Eulo cemetery.
November 2015

6 Oct 2015
  • Missing Friends records:  Almost 200 more names were added to this list today. It includes people sought (for many reasons) by relatives or friends; runaway children; eloping daughters; wife/child deserters; absconders from reformatories or from employment; missing beneficiaries of wills; suspected bigamists; etc. The records have historical background, biographical details and/or physical descriptions. Most give the enquirer's name/address, and many say when/where the subject was found or last seen. Superb for family history!
18 May 2015
  • A link ('Search this site') at the top left of most pages on this site leads to a search box plus important tips.

  • Names recently added to my Interim List include some for witnesses at inquests. The original records include a signed deposition in which the witness explains his/her involvement.
9 Apr 2015 2 Sep 2014
  • There has been a huge amount of interest in my latest article, 'Use FreeBMD postems to find new relatives'.  It describes a simple strategy that has worked for me, so if any of your relatives were born, married or died in England or Wales from 1837 onwards, it may work for you too.
20 July 2014
  • 'Links' page updated with new recommendations.

  • I can now deliver some clients' research reports or document copies online via Dropbox.
16 Feb 2014 8 Dec 2013
  • Suggested Reading:  I created a new Web page listing books / eBooks including genealogy guides, social histories and other background reading for family historians, and genealogical crime mysteries (fiction).

  • Genealogy updates by email:  A technical fault may mean that you are not receiving these now. To check, enter your address at 'Receive Updates' on UpdatesGenie and 'Follow by email' on UK / Australia Genealogy, then 'submit' and follow instructions on the screen. New material was recently added to both sites.
29 Sep 2013
  • This site has had a makeover, and it has been expanded to 135 pages (plus my family tree). Note the 'Other suggestions' section near the bottom of many pages. Read the new site navigation tips.

  • My Web site has been at  (my own domain name) for more than a year, so the old site will cease to exist tomorrow. Please update your bookmarks and fix your ChangeDetection settings now!

  • If you have a Web site or blog that links to my site, update those links so that your visitors do not get a 'page not found' error message.
August 2013 18 July 2013 5 July 2013 1 Jun 2013
  • My 'Queensland Genealogy' blog now has a section (in the sidebar) called 'Categories' (BDMs, Hidden treasures, Indexes, People (names), Places, Sources, Tips, Warnings, Websites). Click a category to see a page with all posts on that topic. See also the complete list of keywords at the bottom of that page.
22 Apr 2013 23 Aug 2012
  • Names recently added to my Interim List are for witnesses at inquests. The original records include a signed deposition in which the witness explains his/her involvement.
Apr 2011
  • Updates Genie has now completely replaced my Newsflash page. It allows you to read my news on the Internet, or receive it by email, or subscribe to an RSS feed - all free of charge. Updates Genie will have genealogy news and tips from all over the world (Queensland, other Australian States, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, USA etc.) You will find out about indexes, Web sites, books, CDs, podcasts, record offices, research techniques, discounts and freebies, events such as family history fairs, seminars and conferences, and lots more. There will also be links to longer articles that I publish elsewhere on the Internet.
  • Do you know Maria JONES? She sent a payment but did not tell me her postal or email address.

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